I believe that portraits whether they include an individual person or an entire family, should be vibrant, characterful and alive. I love working in collaboration with my clients to produce photographs that are authentic visual representations of life in the moment. Beautiful photographs always have sentimental value, and it’s such a pleasure to be able to spend time with the people and animals I photograph to create a visual journal of their lives.
As a mother I am acutely aware of the speedy passage of time and how children grow and change in what seems like an instant, which gives family portraits a certain levity, keeping a slice of time preserved for future posterity. In my humble opinion, the value of annual portrait shoots can never be underestimated.
My daughter was recently looking through family albums with my Mum and was quite thrilled to see old black & white photographs of Grandma Al (my granny) in her youth. Photographs connect us back to our past and many of my clients tell me how their toddlers joyfully browse through their maternity & newborn story books looking back at themselves as tiny babies.
You’ll see quite a few images of Rosie, my daughter, dotted throughout the website. She lives with her father in the UK and every time I see her I photograph her, she has become somewhat of a muse for me, along with my collection of rescue dogs. Photographs of my beloved little family hold immeasurable value for me as time marches on.
I’m a HUGE animal lover. In between shooting client commissions, I volunteer my time to photograph shelter dogs looking for homes and occasionally I can be found climbing mountains (I summitted Kilimanjaro in 2013) or riding a bicycle to raise funds for Sandton SPCA and CLAW (Community Led Animal Welfare).
Emma has been working professionally as a photographer since 2004 and her heartfelt portraiture style has won her several awards, along with a collection of national press features. Hailing from the UK, she moved to South Africa in 2009 and has become one of the country’s most sought after photographers.
Working internationally from her base in Johannesburg, Emma caters for private and commercial commissions of the dog and human variety both on location and in studio. Her work is regularly featured on the covers of Pet Prints Magazine and Canine Zone Magazine, and she’s photographed the annual Sandton SPCA calendar since 2012, a project that has raised over R1million to date. She also works commercially and has shot images for Friendship Collar, Pick & Pay and Royal Canin.
Following on from a hugely successful crowd funding campaign, Emma self published ‘Mutts’ her first book in 2017. A collection of rescue dog portraits and inspirational stories, ‘Mutts’ is available to buy in book stores nationwide, on Amazon.com and online here. Sales proceeds are being donated to Sandton SPCA and CLAW (Community Led Animal Welfare) two charities Emma supports.
Emma’s work been featured on a variety of national new sites including Kyknet and Beautiful News SA. She is one of a handful of Nikon South Africa brand photographers and runs photography workshops at their base in Midrand.
2016 Admired in Africa Newborn Bronze
2015 Toyko International Foto Awards – Pet Photography Silver
2015 Admired in Africa Newborn Gold
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